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Czech

This course will come out anytime, I'm really excited for it. I am about 25% Croatian, and since Croatian isn't a course yet, I'm glad to get a head start and learn another Slavic language similar. How about you, are you planing to learn Czech? Thanks!

September 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I fully plan to complete the tree of every Slavic language Duolingo release :)

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Far-quaad

Good for you! It's nice you found a language family that you are so passionate about, I'm jealous.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

Passionate, a little obsessed LOL :D

September 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Waruza

I live next to the czech border, so i am really exited to finally learn this language, and communicate with my neigbors =D

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Of course! I love Czech Republic, I love everything about it, specially music.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Stefan-Bundalo

The Czech Republic changed its name into Czechia.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/widle

Not really. It just added an official short version of the name to be used alongside the full one. Like "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" is often shortened to United Kingdom.

September 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Yes. There are a lot of Czech people on the internet. Also Czech sounds really pretty. Seems a little easier to learn compared to the other Slavic languages too in both content and resources.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Far-quaad

I can't wait to try it! I also can't wait for a Croatian course! Or Finnish! And especially Icelandic!

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

anytime

But not during the weekend, just so we are clear.

Czech seems too close to Slovak for me to take the course but I'm hoping Czech coming out and eventually graduating will open the door for Slovak ("normal" or reverse). I've heard Duo prefers people with incubator experience and there are some fluent Slovak speakers in the Czech team so maybe that will make Slovak jump a couple of places in the queue.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby

Czech-Slovak cross fluency seems really rare. (My mom is like that, having grown up with Slovak parents in Bohemia.) I suspect my colleagues are not much better at Slovak than I am. Near perfect comprehension, but lousy production. We would need a Slovak mole to help us get through beta and get Incubator trained themselves. But that would take that rare cross fluency plus really good English.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

Well, I guess I can still hope that the mere existence of a Czech course means Slovak is slightly closer as Czech was always going to be the first of the two, and also be happy for the contributors and those who will take the course.

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

I've met a couple of Slovaks who said they're fluent in both as well (one of them has a parent from each country; I don't remember what the other one's story was).

From what I gather, many Slovaks are very fluent in understanding Czech, even if they can't necessarily speak it that well themselves -- wouldn't that already help a lot, though, to take a Czech tree and turn it into a Slovak one?

Since there is so much more material in Czech than in Slovak, Slovaks are constantly watching films in Czech, reading books in Czech, and so on: much more than the other way around.

I have the feeling that it's a bit like English ability in Scandinavia or the Netherlands where there is also a lot of un-dubbed TV for everyone past the small child age.

(And occasionally, Bohemisms creep into Slovak usage through this input, which causes language purists no end of pain. "No! Breastfeeding is not kojiť; that's Czech! Say dojčiť!" kind of thing.)

Czech months still seem to stump many Slovaks, though :D

September 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nueby

From what I gather, many Slovaks are very fluent in understanding Czech, even if they can't necessarily speak it that well themselves -- wouldn't that already help a lot, though, to take a Czech tree and turn it into a Slovak one?

Non-productive command of Czech would work for the tree conversion. But what we were discussing is how these seed members of the Sk team would get real Incubator experience beforehand, through the Czech beta.

September 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

I don't know that much about the tv of those four countries but did you mean subtitled / undubbed?

September 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Sorry, you're right: I meant undubbed.

Though as far as I know, Czech films are neither dubbed nor subtitled in Slovakia but simply presented as-is; I know less for certain about Scandinavia and the Netherlands but thinking about it, they may not be dubbed but are probably subtitled.

I'll change my comment to reference dubbing as that's clearer.

September 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/bugnotnot

I want to see what it is like but I'm not planning on learning it.

September 3, 2017
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